LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleSpins on serves
USAP Board Vote ReasonApproved
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonPass
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 7.7 Detail:7,8,10,10,10,0,9
Existing Rule #New, 4.A, 7.N
Proposed Rule Change (edited)

USAP Rules Committee:

The server shall use only their non-paddle hand to release the ball to perform the serve. The server’s release of the ball must be visible to the referee and the receiver. In matches without a referee, the server’s release of the ball must be visible to the receiver. A replay shall be called before the return of serve if the release of the ball is not visible. Exception: A player who does not have the use of their non-paddle hand may use only their paddle hand to release the ball to perform the serve, or use only their paddle to toss or drop the ball to perform the serve.

IFP Rules Committe:

THE SERVER SHALL USE ONLY THEIR NON-PADDLE HAND TO RELEASE THE BALL TO PERFORM THE SERVE. (NOTE: PROPER WORDING ACCOMODATING LESS FORTUNATE PLAYERS SHALL BE ADDED WHILE MAINTAINING THE SPIRIT OF THE RULE)

Proposed Rule Change

New rule (goes between 4.A.1 and 4.A.2)

"At the start of the service motion the ball must be held in the palm of the hand and released either by tossing the ball up from the palm or rotating the hand until the ball is released. If the server is unable to hold the ball in the palm, then the toss of the ball should be done with a minimum of spin applied to the ball."

Additionally the phrase "After the serve" should be removed from 7.N.

If provisional drop serve is continued add similar verbage about dropping by turning the hand after starting with the ball in the palm.

Original Rule Text

N/A

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Pickleball was designed for the rally to be central focus of the game and the serve should not be the focus. This rule change would prevent imparting spin on the serve other than what the player can impart with the paddle.

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID27
Date CreatedMay 30, 2021
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